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The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI) is, as higher federal authoritie, subject to the provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG (new)).

Website Publisher

Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines
Paul-Ehrlich-Straße 51-59
63225 Langen

Phone  +49 6103 77 0
Fax +49 6103 77 1234

Official Data Protection Representative

Phone +49 6103 77 1199

Access Data

Every time you access our servers, data is stored for statistical purposes. We only record, for a limited period, the date and time and the page on our website that you are visiting. We do not log your IP address. This data is used exclusively to improve our website. It is not used in any other way or shared with third parties.

Tracking Data

As a visitor of our website, you can decide for yourself whether you want to allow the tracking of your data for statistical purposes or not. It is preset to track.


The email addresses for the transmission of the Newsletter are stored in the database and are not used for any purposes other than the transmission of the Newsletter. Subscribers to the Newsletter can unsubscribe to the receipt of the Newsletter by themselves at any time. The email addresses will then automatically be deleted.

Contact Form / E-Mail Enquiries

If you use the contact form your name and e-mail address will be requested. Specifying your address is voluntary. This data is sent encrypted.

The data transmitted will be stored electronically in accordance with the legal requirements. Upon expiry of the legally binding retention periods, these documents will be destroyed or deleted. Your personal data will be treated confidentially.

The data will be used by the BfArM or the PEI, but will not be shared with third parties outside these higher federal authorities or used for purposes other than those communicated in the response to your enquiry.

Contact Form


On its vacancies website the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut offers you the opportunity to send applications to open jobs online. The data protection guideline applicable for this zone will be available to you at the beginning of your job application procedure. As soon as you select the job offers zone on our section, cookies are set for that zone.

Privacy Policy

Use of Social Networks

For the sharing of content on social networks, the PEI website uses buttons with the so-called Shariff solution from Heise.

Standard social media buttons transmit visitor data to the social networks on every page view and thus provide information about your surfing behaviour. For this to happen, you do not need to be logged in or to be a member of the network in question.

In contrast, a Shariff button only establishes direct contact between the social network and the visitor when the visitor actively clicks on the share button. In this way, Shariff prevents you from leaving a digital trail on every page you visit and thus improves data protection.

Further details on the nature and extent of the stored data may be found in the privacy statements of the individual websites:

Facebook Privacy Policy
Twitter Privacy Policy
LinkedIn Privacy Policy
WhatsApp Privacy Policy
Shariff Solution Heise (German only)

Legal Basis for Data Processing

The processing of user data to improve the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut website serves the public interest of the healthcare sector and is carried out in connection with the performance of the PEI’s official tasks (Article 6(1)(e) GDPR such as § 3 BDSG). Insofar as users avail themselves of services that cannot be offered without the provision of personal data (.e.g a contact form or newsletter), the provision of such data simultaneously entails consent to its processing (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR).

Rights of Users

As a user of our website, you have the right to request information from us concerning your stored and processed data and, if applicable, to request that we rectify any incorrect data. In addition, in accordance with Articles 17 and 18 of the GDPR, you have the right to have your data erased or to restrict its processing. Insofar as the collection and processing of data is based on your consent, you can withdraw this consent at any time.

If you have any doubts concerning the conformity of our handling of your data with data protection law, you can contact the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information or on of the the Data Protection Commissioners for the federal states.

Updated: 12.05.2202